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Silicon Valley Business Journal on new Santa Cruz distillery

February 13, 2014

Lauren Hepler of the Silicon Valley Business Journal takes a look this week at some new wineries and distilleries in the Silicon Valley, including one that will be starting up right here in Santa Cruz. The increasingly diverse alcohol market reflects both a strong economy and a broader consumer trend toward local or artisanal goods.…

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Taking the reins as the new water director of Santa Cruz

February 12, 2014

One of the many hats your intrepid Santa Cruz News editor wears is that of a contributing writer at the Good Times. Recently for GT, I sat down with the new water director for the city of Santa Cruz, Rosemary Menard. Here’s an excerpt from our interview: Rosemary Menard has her work cut out for…

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San Lorenzo River 2014 paddle series announced

February 10, 2014

The following press release showed up in my inbox this week: The San Lorenzo River Alliance, which is a project of the Coastal Watershed Council, and the City of Santa Cruz today announced the first two dates for the 2014 River Paddle Series to celebrate the river, and of course, paddle. The San Lorenzo River…

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More on man who crashed into the Rio, then fatally stabbed himself

February 7, 2014

A post from a man purporting to be the cousin of the 34-year-old man who crashed his car into the Rio Theater Wednesday night and then stabbed himself to death has been making the social media rounds. It’s poignant and touching, and it really makes some good points to remember about mental illness and drug…

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The secret to dolphins’ swimming speeds

February 6, 2014

UC Santa Cruz gets a cool mention in a Discovery piece that examines a new research paper on the speeds at which dolphins swim. The “Acknowledgements” section of a scientific paper is usually a good cure for insomnia—just a list of names of collaborating scientists and funding agencies. So what is the U.S. National Swim…

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Driver crashes into Rio Theater, then stabs himself

February 6, 2014

This one is pretty crazy. Apparently last night a driver crashed his car into the Rio Theatre on Soquel Avenue in Santa Cruz and then got out of the car and stabbed himself repeatedly with pieces of the wreckage. The Sentinel has more here, as does KION.

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Charges to be filed in cyclist Josh Alper’s death

February 5, 2014

Santa Cruz County District Attorney Bob Lee announced today that his office will charge the driver who struck and killed cyclist Josh Alper with vehicular manslaughter, a misdemeanor. Alper, 40, was riding his bike southbound on Highway 1 on Nov. 2 when he was struck by the car driven by Navindra Jain. Jain was driving…

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Wall Street Journal examines sniper attack on San Jose power plant

February 5, 2014

The Wall Street Journal published a piece yesterday that looks deeply at an apparent sniper attack on a power station in San Jose that apparently occurred in April. As a journalist, I pride myself in keeping as on top of the news as I can, but somehow this one completely passed me by. Apparently I’m…

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San Jose State releases report on hate crime investigation

February 4, 2014

San Jose State University has released a report on the investigation into hate crimes perpetrated against a Santa Cruz man at the university. Last fall, Santa Clara County prosecutors charged three college students at San Jose State University with hate crimes for alleged ongoing racial harassment of a black student there. The 18-year-old freshman, a native…

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What happens when a town runs out of water?

February 4, 2014

Newsweek takes a look at the dire water shortage in our little community of Lompico. Lompico, California, is running out of water. The idyllic community of around 1,200 is tucked into a canyon in the Santa Cruz mountains, where majestic redwoods are common features of people’s backyards. Last week, Lompico appeared on a list of 17…

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